Carlisle Preview vs Macclesfield

Carlisle travel to Moss Lane this weekend having never won away at Macclesfield in their history.

Plenty of records are on the line this weekend in a fixture in which both teams will be desperate to win.

Nonetheless, Macclesfield’s need is much greater than Carlisle’s ; 36 Football League games without a victory.

This baron spell spans back to 2012 where the club were relegated out of the league system, and equals Derby County’s record set in their Premier League season of 2007/2008.

The visitors have been frustrating of late to say the least, and a home defeat to Morecambe means its four defeats in a row at home.

Away travels, however, have suited the Blues of late and they have won every game in their striking “grape purple” away kit.

This looks like a tantalising game where a lot will be at stake, hopefully Carlisle can create a colourful canvas in their bright kit heaping more misery and darkness on the silk men.

The Opposition

After Mark Yates lost his job earlier this month, Caretakers Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth will take charge again, after a 1-0 loss at Tranmere last time out.

The result means that’s nine defeats and four draws for the season, though success has come in the form of the Carabao cup – That is till they got beat 8-0 by West Ham!

When luck isn’t going your way it can be a hard slog and the struggle may continue as the club already find themselves six points adrift in the relegation zone.

Quality and pedigree would probably make Macclesfield a bookies favourite to go down, while in truth that miraculous three points should have come by now.

From the opening day, leading at Swindon in the last minutes, to conceding late at Newport they have had their fair share of rotten luck.

Previous line-ups

Macclesfield: Taylor, Hodgkiss, Lowe, Grimes, Fitzpatrick, Maycock, Rose, Marsh, Vincenti, Napa, Blissett.

Carlisle: Collin, Miller, Liddle, Parkes, Gillsephey, Jones, Etuhu, Sowerby, Yates, Bennett, Nadasen.

Carlisle team news

Anthony Gerrard is likely to return after he sat out the Morecambe game due to his one match ban for events at the Bury away game.

This should be great news for the blues as of late away from home he has been like a brick wall.

The stats also back the fact that Tom Parkes and Gary Liddle isn’t the best option for a central defensive partnership, conceding 5 goals in the last week when playing together.


Carlisle are very inconsistent at the moment, however, there away form has been notably impressive. A lot is a stake and if any team is going to nick it Carlisle are the most likely, so I’m going for a 2-1 Carlisle victory.

Picture Credit: Carlisle United


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